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  • The Way We Rise

  • The Story of Us Volume 3
  • By: Cassia Leo
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Lee Samuels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

With Liam's fate no longer in the balance, Rory and Houston are poised on the precipice of a life-altering decision. When Rory's father arrives in California to comfort Rory and make amends, Houston finds the decision becomes much easier to make. When Houston suggests they take a break Rory thinks he must be joking. But he's not. And his timing couldn't be worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-08-15

Loved the entire series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I went into this series not knowing what to expect, this author is in my author/book challenge for 2019 and I am happy that Cassia Leo name was on that list. I absolutely loved the story of Rory and Houston. You don't often find yourself with the person you've loved since you were a kid. These two overcame some serious obstacles and it all came down to love, excepting the past and that there are some things beyond your control, and forgiveness. Both Rory and Houston had to not only get past things individually but together. I don't think anyone reading this series will be disappointed.

  • The Way We Break

  • The Story of Us, Volume 2
  • By: Cassia Leo
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Lee Samuels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

The truth about Hallie has torn Houston and Rory apart for a second time. Houston is finally unburdened of the secret his sister confided in him, but now he must deal with the aftermath. He has vowed to set things right for Rory, and he's determined to get her back. But the destruction left in the wake of Hallie's letter is not the only obstacle he must face. Houston must find a way to win Rory back by showing her their story isn't over yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rory is annoying but Houston stole my heart!

  • By Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss on 09-08-15

The story continues

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-19

The story of Rory and Houston continue and more secrets come to light. Rory continues to attempt to distance herself from Houston by moving to California with Liam who happens to have some secrets of his own and a little darkness to him that Rory didn't know. I think one of things I take away from this book is that the things you are running from may cause you to run into somo of the things you don't want as well. Rory didn't think some things out very well and it has in turn caused her more angst and she will now have to get through that as well. Liam is definitely not the person she thought he was. Nice follow up to book 1.

  • The Way We Fall

  • The Story of Us, Volume 1
  • By: Cassia Leo
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Lee Samuels
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Houston has kept a devastating secret from Rory since the day he took her into his home. But the tragic circumstances that brought them together left wounds too deep to heal. Five years after the breakup, Houston and Rory are thrust together by forces beyond their control. And all the resentments and passion return with more intensity than ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good.

  • By FreeReader on 01-11-16

4 Stars

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This is the first book I've read by this author. I thought the story was good, it takes you to past and present throughout the story. It's a story about first loves and how secrets can rip relationships apart. I liked it enough to make me want to continue the series. I team Houston and Rory and hoping for the HEA. As for the narration you can never go wrong with Erin Mallon, her collaboration with Lee Samuels is outstanding.

  • Next in Line

  • A Brother's Best Friend Standalone
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Maggie's mind is reeling when she discovers the guy she became tangled up with at Marv's Bait & Tackle isn't a stranger like she thought. The big snag: Sam and Maggie's chemistry is hot enough to melt ice, which makes keeping their secret far more difficult than either expected. Especially when one of them decides they want this arrangement to be more than just a catch and release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-10-19

5 Stars for Sparky and Sam

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

A great follow up to Wait With Me. Sam is Miles best friend and boss at Tire Depot who unknowingly stumbles on Miles sister Maggie aka Sparky at Marv's Bait and Tackle. He decides he will help her with her project of getting back her ex and then finds out who she is. They work hard to keep the fact that they've met from Miles and in the meantime continue their playful relationship and begin to fall for each other, Narration of course is awesome. I can't wait for the next installment of this series.

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  • Come to Me Quietly

  • Closer to You, Book 1
  • By: A .L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 394

Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It's been six years since she's seen her brother's best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it's time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…Just when she opens her heart to her friend, Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can't resist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written story

  • By Tweetyct2 on 01-15-14

4 Stars

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I thought this was a good story and a sad story. Jared carries so much guilt and self loathing that he doesn't know how to or thing that he is a good person or that anyone could love him. Ally who is younger than Jared has always been in love with him, he also happens to be her brothers best friend. Jared shows up after years of being gone and ends up sharing the apartment of Ally and her brother Christopher. Ally and Jared rekindle the friendship they've always had and her love grows, he also loves her but the only thing he'll admit is that he'll hurt her. As I am reading this book my heart literally aches for Jared. I really thought it was a good story.

  • Brothers South of the Mason Dixon

  • By: Abbi Glines
  • Narrated by: Laura Hopatcong, Patrick Garrett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The only thing hotter than the weather south of the Mason Dixon line are the boys. Worn, faded blue jeans, slow southern drawls, and those naughty moments in the back of pickup trucks a girl never forgets. Welcome to the world of the Sutton boys. Five brothers who fight, party, and drink a little too much, but, more importantly, they love their momma. Nothing can tear them apart...except women. Especially a redheaded beauty with secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By victoria on 05-03-18

Great story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-19

Book 2 is a great follow up to book 1 Boys South of the Mason Dixon. This has been in my library for a while and I'm glad I finally read it. Scarlett and Brey have a great storyline. Abbi Glines did a great job with this one. While I was reading it I kind of guessed what Scarlett's story was but I like the way it came out and the direction it took once she realized that Brey found out. It was just an all around good story that makes you want to finish it.

  • Sterling

  • Mageri, Book 1
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837

Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. She survived, saved by a stranger who witnessed her undergo a physical transformation. That's not the only thing that's different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body. Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she is a Mage - an immortal made of light, not magic. She must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, I'll go on to book 2

  • By Amanda K on 08-23-14

Interesting book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This is the second series of Dannika Dark that I started. Mageri is not really the paranormal stories that I care much for but this one was pretty interesting. I will continue with the next book and hopefully I will continue to enjoy the story. Narration is also good.

  • Beauty and the Mustache

  • A Philosophical Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 4
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Joy Nash
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit. Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed, Snorted and Cried

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-09-15

Beautifully written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I haven't read much of Penny Reid's books but the ones I've read I have loved. This book is no different. Ashley and Drew are great characters. There is amusement and a bit of sadness to this story as well as a family coming together. Although my review of this book is short, I did give it the 5 stars it deserves. It was the perfect book for me to end 2018 with. Joy Nash narrated this book extremely well.

  • Hate Notes

  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Lynn Barrington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,517

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress. Something blue. I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.” Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS MY LOVE NOTE..

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-09-18

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward will not disappoint you with this book. As with every book of theirs I've read I fall in love with the characters. SebYo and Lynn Barrington's narration and characterization of Reed and Charolette was great. Charolette was and honest, fun, quirky person while Reed was the brooding millionaire that didn't want to get close to anyone. But obviously in the end they find their HEA. Well spent credit.

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  • Calendar Girl: Volume One

  • January, February, March
  • By: Audrey Carlan
  • Narrated by: Summer Morton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Mia Saunders needs money. A lot of money. She has one year to pay off the loan shark who has threatened her father's life and is coming after his unpaid gambling debts. One million dollars to be exact. Her mission is simple - serve as a high-priced escort for her aunt's Los Angeles-based company and pay monthly against the debt. Spend a month with a rich man whom she doesn't have to sleep with if she doesn't want to? Easy money. Unlucky in love with a spirit that never gives up, this curvy motorcycle-riding vixen plans to get in, make her money, and get out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining story.

  • By Svetik on 01-11-18

I'm Torn

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This was an interesting book. I haven't decided if I want to continue the series but the narration was decent. So here's what I'm torn about. I get the whole escort thing but what I think makes this unrealistic for me is that not only does she work for her Aunt who is basically pimping her out, but she spends entire months with each person she is set up with. I enjoyed January and I could see things happening with them, but February was just a weird story line and March was actually more realistic. I just don't know about this one.